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Hollywood police ID 2 officers and reckless driver they shot dead

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:15:00 PDT

Hollywood police on Wednesday identified the two officers and the reckless driver they shot and killed last week.

Police say Matthew Michael McTague, 48, of Boca Raton, rammed other motorists with his Jeep Grand Cherokee and tried to hit officers when they tried to stop and arrest him.

The cops...


Hollywood toughens rules for vacation rentals

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:10:00 PDT

Owners of party homes in Hollywood have a little less to celebrate.

While the state won’t let cities ban vacation rentals, they can hike fees. And that’s just what Hollywood did Wednesday, despite pleas from the real estate industry.

“We’ve seen homes with six cars out front,” Commissioner Dick...


Intoxicated teens found in car with middle school teacher, deputies say

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:40:00 PDT

A history teacher at Ramblewood Middle School in Coral Springs is facing two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor after two intoxicated 16-year-olds were found in his car after hours at a Pompano Beach park, according to an arrest report.

David Michael Stokes, 45, of North Lauderdale,...


Oakland Park shaves property tax rate for fourth time

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:30:00 PDT

The city of Oakland Park is shaving its property tax rate again, a move that will blunt the increase in tax bills.

The mid-sized city in central Broward passed a $105.4 million total budget this week, with some taxes or fees going up, and some remaining the same.

City officials said the budget...


South Florida wants to be's second home

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:15:00 PDT

South Florida, the land of second homes for winter-weary northerners, hopes to persuade Seattle-based Amazon that it is the perfect location for the online shipping giant’s second North American headquarters.

Economic development leaders say landing the $5 billion development would be transformational...


Driver, 24, dies after car crashes into canal

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:50:00 PDT

When rescuers got to the crash scene on southbound Interstate 95 on Tuesday night, the Honda Civic was on its roof submerged in a canal near Copans Road, officials said,

The driver, Robert Anthony Ruiz, 24, of Pompano Beach, was pronounced dead on site, said Sgt. Mark Wysocky, spokesman for Florida...


Former after-care worker at Plantation Middle who tried to recruit kids for sex sentenced to 10 years

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:10:00 PDT

A former after-care worker at Plantation Middle School who admitted trying to convince three underage boys to have sex with him was sentenced this week to 10 years and one month in prison.

Investigators began looking at Roosevelt Miller in March after a 13-year-old boy told school officials that...


Nursing home victims had body temperatures up to 109.9

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:10:00 PDT

The elderly people who died in a stifling nursing home after Hurricane Irma had body temperatures as high as 109.9.

They’d suffered for three days at the Hollywood facility without air conditioning.

Once Florida Power & Light finally arrived, it took the utility just 15 minutes to fix the problem.


FEMA opens Hurricane Irma disaster recovery center in South Florida

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:45:00 PDT

The Federal Emergency Management Agency opened South Florida’s first disaster recovery center on Wednesday to help victims of Hurricane Irma get back on their feet.

Open seven days a week, the center in Boynton Beach guides people through the application process for disaster-relief benefits offered...


State waives two school days after Irma; South Florida eyes how to make up rest

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:37:00 PDT

Florida schools have been granted a two-day hurricane reprieve from the state education commissioner.

But schools in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties were canceled for seven days, leaving open the question of how many days still will need to be made up.

South Florida students returned...


Update: Loose monkey report likely triggered by dispute over pet

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:00:00 PDT

Pompano Beach officials no longer think a monkey is on the loose, despite a report Wednesday that one was spotted on the city’s beachside.

Someone at the Renaissance I condos at 1360 S. Ocean Blvd. called the city’s public works department, asking the city to intervene.

On further investigation,...


Robbers shot man pumping gas to grab his necklace, police say

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:30:00 PDT

Pumping gas while wearing a necklace earned an unsuspecting customer a gunshot wound to the leg and Fort Lauderdale police are trying to find the guys responsible.

Surveillance video released Tuesday shows the person considered the gunman at the counter inside the Citgo Gas Station, 6063 NW 31st...


Boy, 17, found shot dead in alley

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:55:00 PDT

A 17-year-old Miramar boy was shot multiple times and died in an alley in the city just after midnight Wednesday, police said.

Police identified him as Kumasi Kareem, a city resident.

“The motive is unknown. It’s still too early in the investigation,” spokeswoman Tania Rues said.

The alley is behind...


Nursing home challenges moratorium, Medicaid cutoff

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:40:00 PDT

A Broward County nursing home has filed a lawsuit seeking to block Gov. Rick Scott's administration from cutting off Medicaid payments and carrying out a moratorium on patient admissions after the deaths of nine of the facility's residents following Hurricane Irma.

The Rehabilitation Center at...


Senior living tower and other major developments approved in downtown Fort Lauderdale

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:10:00 PDT

The downtown Fort Lauderdale building boom continues as three major developments — including a high-rise senior home — were approved late Tuesday night.

The developments together will add 5,002 cars to the surrounding roads each day, and thousands of residents in more than 1,200 condos, apartments...


Complaints prompt Pompano Beach to relocate pile of Hurricane Irma debris

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:40:00 PDT

Pompano Beach was piling the city’s Hurricane Irma debris in one neighborhood, but after receiving complaints from residents, it has pledged to remove the mountain of waste within a week.

The city collected enough debris to fill in a box as high and wide as a typical truck trailer — if it were...


National Guard arrived after Irma. There was nowhere to put them.

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:48:00 PDT

They spent their days cleaning up Hurricane Irma’s mess, but at night there was no place to house them.

So hundreds of National Guard troops camped at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, some sleeping on stadium chairs, others on the ground. They went without showers and air-conditioning.


Man accused of trying to join Islamic State group terrorists faces new charge

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:45:00 PDT

Federal prosecutors have filed a new criminal charge against a Palm Beach County man accused of trying to join Islamic State group terrorists.

Gregory Hubbard, a former U.S. Marine and sculptor from West Palm Beach, was arrested in a terrorism sting last year on allegations that carry a maximum...


Post-Irma gas supplies grow as trucks roll, driver desperation fades

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 11:10:00 PDT

Gas stations in South Florida are slowly but surely coming back to life after Hurricane Irma as ports reopen, tanker ships dispense their loads, and trucks haul their fuel to market.

Port Everglades was open with no restrictions on Wednesday morning, spokeswoman Ellen Kennedy said. Three petroleum...


Business owner found dead at home; police investigating as a homicide

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:25:00 PDT

Police are saying little about the investigation into the killing of a Lauderhill business owner.

A custom cabinet maker for more than four decades, Mycal Miccio called his Lauderhill business Dynamic Design and Wood.

“Through the years past, he has developed unique and innovative concepts in the...


As patients died in Hollywood, Sunrise came to rescue of another nursing home

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:16:00 PDT

On the same Wednesday morning that eight people died at a nursing home in Hollywood, patients at a Sunrise nursing home were also sweltering in a facility that lost power during Hurricane Irma.

But they got unexpected help — the city stepped in uninvited and brought two high-powered generators...


Boil water order issued for portion of Dania Beach

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 04:10:00 PDT

Residents in a portion of Dania Beach are being advised to boil their water before using it.

The precautionary boil water notice is in effect for people living east of Angler’s Avenue. Anglers Avenue is just west of Interstate 95.

The advisory was issued because a temporary power outage at the...


Family mourns man who died in ladder fall putting up shutters for Hurricane Irma

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 02:55:00 PDT

It was supposed to be just another work day. But there was a monster storm coming and Elaine Woodson was scared. She turned to her husband, Philip Woodson, for reassurance.

“I asked him if we were going to be OK and he promised we would,” she said.

She wouldn’t see him again. He died in a 15-foot...


Sewage didn't get into your well water, Miramar tells residents

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:27:00 PDT

After sewage spilled into a nearby canal last week, residents of Miramar’s Country Club Ranches feared their private wells would be contaminated.

The city on Tuesday reassured them their well water is safe for drinking and bathing. But some residents are concerned about long-term effects.



Woman flashed box cutter during argument with bus passengers, police say

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:30:00 PDT

A woman is accused of flashing a box cutter to a passenger during a disturbance aboard a Broward County Transit bus during rush hour Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, police said.

A couple and the woman who displayed the blade — identified by police as Shaquanna Badger, 38 — argued as the Route U.S. 1...